Dorothy Arlene Waldron
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Dorothy Arlene Waldron
  • August 28, 1916 - July 4, 2017
  • Glendale, California

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Dorothy Arlene Waldron, 100, of Glendale, Ca, passed away on the Fourth of July. She was born in Des Moines, Iowa to Bessie and Angus V. Young, on August 28, 1916. Five years later, she, her mother and step father, Charles Wright, M.D., moved to Lancaster, Ca, where Dorothy grew up on a farm. She played the C-Saxophone in the school orchestra and bit parts in numerous musicals. She graduated June 1934 from Antelope Valley Union High School.

After high school, Dot, as she was then called, relocated to Burbank where she worked in a private home as a caregiver. She married Leon Forrest Waldron on April 20, 1939. They had four children in four years including twins, and she lived out the rest of her life surrounded by family and friends in Chevy Chase Canyon, Glendale. Dorothy's family owned and ran Sheridan Gardens Nursery which got its start on Sheridan Road in Glendale. She was a founding member in 1947 of the Chevy Chase Estates Garden Club which is still in existence. She and Leon travelled with their California Association of Nurserymen friends and enjoyed the many gardens of Europe, Asia, South America and New Zealand. She studied art history, music, and religion. A talented seamstress, Dorothy developed and wore a wardrobe of her own "wearable art."

Dorothy was predeceased by her husband and two of her children; Darrell David Waldron of Glendale and Gloria (aka Allison) Graf of Pacific Palisades. She died peacefully in her home leaving behind Carroll Joyce Ropp of Glendale; Sterling Leon Waldron of Hollywood and over 50 grandchildren, including great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She will be missed by her beloved friends, family, neighbors, and caregivers. Even though she jokingly called herself a "desert rat" because of her Lancaster days, others call her a "great lady."

A celebration of her life will be held on August 26th Valley Funeral Home in Burbank.